Among the many events being offered at Washington University in St. Louis to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States is an Assembly Series panel discussion.
“Navigating a Post-9/11 World: A Decade of Lessons Learned” will explore the challenges that have surfaced between our society’s quest for greater national security and the ideals of civil liberty and religious freedom — particularly toward the American Muslim population.
The program will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Whitaker Hall Auditorium and also will address ways that freedom of religion has faced challenges regarding Islam in America, the partisan split in lawmakers’ approach to terror investigations, and whether the focus on radical Muslims is justified.
This event also commemorates Constitution Day, which recognizes the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
- Sahar E. Aziz, JD, associate professor of law at Texas Wesleyan University and a legal fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding;
- John R. Bowen, PhD, the Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology in Arts & Sciences; and
- Gulten Ilhan, professor of philosophy at St. Louis Community College at Meramec.
The discussion will be moderated by R. Marie Griffith, PhD, director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics and the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences.
The welcome address and introduction will be given by Ahmet T. Karamustafa, PhD, professor of history and of religious studies, both in Arts & Sciences.
The program was developed by the Gephardt Institute for Public Service and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, in association with The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy in the School of Law, the Muslim Students Association and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
The event is free and open to the public, although advance RSVPs are requested by Monday, Sept 12.